Some great Saturday racing with the start of the turf Flat Season and the traditional Lincoln cavalry charge.
The Daily Yankee:
Lancelot du Lac, (1350 Doncaster), 3/1: A veteran sprinter who handles soft ground as he showed when winning the Stewards Cup. Fit as a flea after a Lingfield comeback run was followed by a win at Wolves. On official ratings he is 2lbs better than Perfect Pastime, and 6lbs + over the rest, and with fitness assured and conditions to suit he should be a shorter priced favourite.
What’s The Story, (1425 Doncaster), 6/1: This is the Lincoln consolation race. This 4yo has scope for progress having run away with a soft ground 7f handicap here at the end of last season. He has had an all-weather run to blow away any cobwebs and has the brilliant Ryan Moore on board. He hasn’t gone a mile yet, but he looks a good stayer at 7f. Main dangers include Taqdeer, who has to overcome a near 2 year absence and a first look at soft ground, and Original Choice whose soft ground form probably makes him the main threat.
Oscar Rose, (1515 Newbury), 15/2: Fergal O’Brien’s mishap-prone mare has been an unlucky loser for us in the past, notably when her saddle slipped and irons broke last time at Taunton. Those mishaps have the blessing of leaving her handicap rating at a lowly 119, meaning she sneaks into this prestigious race off a very competitive 10st 8lb. Conditions look ideal and she must have a big chance. The classy travelling If You Say Run looks the main danger although she has been well spotted by the handicapper with a daunting 11st 7lbs to carry.
Fire Brigade, (1535 Doncaster), 6/1: The Lincoln throws up a challenge within a race, with Fire Brigade and Addeybb renewing rivalry from last year’s Silver Cambridgeshire. Addeybb won that day narrowly, is slightly better off at the weights and is a big horse with perhaps more scope to improve. On the other hand jockey Ryan Moore has swapped onto Fire Brigade (with James Doyle doing the inverse swap), and his mount has more proven soft ground form and arguably the better draw. It should be close, but at this early stage of the season Fire Brigade may have the edge under conditions.
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